NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -02/02/12)- Rare Earth stocks had a strong January. The Market Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF - which seeks to replicate the price and yield performance of foreign and domestic equity securities of publicly traded companies primarily engaged in a variety of activities that are related to the producing, refining and recycling of rare earth and strategic metals and minerals -- skyrocketed an impressive 18.6 percent last month as favorable economic data raised hopes that demand for the 17 rare earth metals would strengthen. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Rare Earth Industry and provides equity research on Quest Rare Minerals Limited (AMEX: QRM - News) (TSX-V: QRM - News) and China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources, Inc. (AMEX: SHZ - News). Access to the full company reports can be found at:
A World Trade Organization (WTO) appeals panel confirmed Monday that China's export restrictions on raw materials such as bauxite and magnesium violated global trade rules. While rare earth metals were not part of Monday's WTO ruling, Reuters argues that the WTO ruling against China's restrictions on raw material exports could force changes to some of its rare earth policies.
A number of U.S. lawmakers urged the United States to use the WTO decision to launch a new case to force China to lift its rare earth export restrictions.
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China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the exploration, development, mining, and processing of fluorite and nonferrous metals such as zinc, lead and copper in China. Earlier this month the company signed an equity transfer and investment increase agreement with the shareholders of Wuchuan Dongsheng Mining Company Ltd. based in Zunyi city, Guizhou Province, whereby SHZ will acquire 60% ownership of Wuchuan Mining's equity.
Quest Rare Minerals Ltd., an exploration stage company, engages in the identification and discovery of rare earth deposits in Canada.
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